Early voting and 4 other things to know in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle this week, Oct. 23-30

Early voting starts today, Oct. 23.

Early voting starts today, Oct. 23.

Here's what you need to know to start your week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle:


1. Early voting starts today
Residents in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle can cast their ballots for the Nov. 7 elections starting today. View Q&As of each candidate running for city council by visiting www.communityimpact.com/vote.





2. San Marcos Fire Department to buy cardiac treatment devices with new grant money
The San Marcos Fire Department has received a federal grant to equip each fire station’s main fire truck and the battalion chief’s vehicle with life-saving cardiac treatment devices. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded the department $332,182 with a match from the city of $33,218 for six LifePak 15 monitors and six Lucas mechanical chest compression systems which will help first responders identify and treat life-threatening cardiac conditions as well as enable automated and continuous closed-chest compressions for cardiac patients.





3. San Marcos Planning and Zoning to consider zoning change for retirement living, care facilities along Hunter Road
San Marcos city staff have recommended approving a zoning change that would allow Halcyon Concepts to build retirement living and care facilities for persons age 55 or greater or persons with disabilities requiring regular care. Each dwelling unit. Planning and zoning commissioners will consider the rezoning to a Planned Development District that allows this type of use at the corner of McCarty Lane and Hunter Road on Tuesday. The commission's full agenda can be found here.





4. Kyle rolls out new pilot program for leasing vehicles
The city of Kyle will partner with Enterprise to lease vehicles for city use. The pilot program, which City Council approved Oct. 17, will be used to see whether the city saves on repair costs. Under the fleet pilot program, Kirby Watson of Enterprise said the city could see a 79 percent repair cost reduction.





5. FEMA delays appeal and comment period for flood maps
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has pushed back the date Hays County residents can submit comments and appeals on the new flood maps, released April 7. The comment and appeal period will now open in February. It was originally slated to begin in October or November.




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Fitness studio Body20 is coming soon to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
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A new candy pop-up shop and fitness studio are coming to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria.

Texas State University awarded $9.8 million for training and research into active shooter response. (Joe Warner/ Community Impact Newspaper)
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ALERRT was created in 2002 for training and research into active shooter response training.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
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The third location of Shaggy Dog Market opened in San Marcos in September. (Courtesy Shaggy Dog Market).
Shaggy Dog Market opens third location in San Marcos

Buda resident Craig Barron opened the third location of Shaggy Dog Market in San Marcos.

New mixed-used retail and residential developments are coming to Kyle. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mixed-use, residential developments coming to Kyle

Mixed use developments are coming to Kyle.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.

The next Hays Commissioners Court meeting is Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. at 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Rapid housing assistance available for Hays County residents in need

The Hays County Emergency Rental Assistance Program has expanded and added a new program called the Community Assistance Program that partners citizens in need with community-based case managers to help get them back on their feet.

The county reported 37 newly-confirmed cases and one new hospitalization with 15 new discharges. Additionally, 17 people are currently hospitalized, down from 39 on Oct. 7. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports one COVID-19-related fatality Oct. 20; total active cases continue downward trend

The county reported 37 newly-confirmed cases and one new hospitalization with 15 new discharges. Additionally, 17 people are currently hospitalized, down from 39 on Oct. 7.

A sold lot in the Cortaro development in Dripping Springs is under construction. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Housing market shows signs of stabilizing, but median prices in Southwest Austin area remain high

Hays County is growing fast and selling houses for more and more money, though the number of sales is down year over year, data show.

Renderings of the conceptual tower were shown depicting a roughly 100-foot tower, but the intent is to build a smaller tower. A total of $2.43 million was given as an estimated cost for a 100-foot gravity tower, but presenters said the cost would scale down with a smaller tower. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Early concept for Frisco’s Northwest Community Park includes biking tower for ‘gravity riding’; Perky Beans Cafe now open in Leander, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 20.